Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 2, five days before the Redskins take on the undefeated Atlanta Falcons at FedEx Field.
Tied for second
The Redskins will go into the weekend tied for second in the NFC East thanks to the Cowboys’ 38-14 home loss to the Bears last night. That doesn’t mean a whole lot a quarter of the way through the season but we do have a read on the other three division teams. It doesn’t look like any of them are going to run away with the division.
All of the teams in the NFC East are flawed. The Cowboys have an awful offensive line. The Giants are hurting in the secondary. Philly has a shaky O-line as well and they are averaging three turnovers a game.
The Redskins have their flaws as well but they are no longer a distant last in the division at the most important position, quarterback. Time will tell how RG3 will rank against Eli, Romo, and Vick but for right now it is safe to say the Redskins will not go into any division game at a severe disadvantage at the position as they have for quite some time.
That means that they should have a chance in every division game. Last year the Redskins beat the Giants twice, had two narrow losses to the Cowboys and were swept by the Eagles. Improved quarterback play certainly could have made a difference in three of the four division losses.
The Redskins open their division schedule on the road against the Giants on Oct. 21. It should be interesting.
Trent Williams toughs it out
After being suspended for the last four games of last season, Trent Williams had a lot of making up to do with his teammates. He went a long way towards putting last year behind him by bracing up, suiting up, and playing every snap of the Redskins’ game against the Bucs. Here is what Mike Shanahan had to say about Williams:
“I was really impressed with Trent. For him to last a whole game with limited reps during the week, it says a lot about him. He played at a very high level – one of his better games. To do that with limited reps, you don’t see very often. It says a lot about him. It says a lot about his leadership skills as a captain, which he was voted [a captain] by his teammates. You can see how excited he was at the end of the game with the win. It was special.”
Day off, no media availability
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Days until: Falcons @ Redskins 5; RG3’s first division game @ Giants 19; RG3 vs. Cam @ FedEx Field 33; Thanksgiving @ Cowboys 51